Spanish II classes take field trip to L.A.’s Olvera Street
March 26, 2012 • Kristine Delgadillo, Editor-In-Chief
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On February 24, Lupe Loera’s Spanish II classes took a trip down to the historical Olvera Street in Los Angeles for a hands-on experience of their daily studies.
This field trip was filled with a scavenger hunt, planned by Loera, the viewing of an exhibit in an adobe house, a museum about at Olvera Street’s history, and lunch at the restaurant of the students’ choice.
Loera planned the field trip in hopes of broadening the perspectives of her students by opening their eyes to the birth of the city of Los Angeles. Being that a large majority of Loera’s students are of the Latino descent, learning about the roots of the culture was also a main priority.
With a small ten-dollar fee, most students were able to attend, and those who were not able to provide money were sponsored by parents’ donations.
Loera was proud her students were the first to suggest this trip because she feels it shows enthusiasm and interest coming from the students, rather than it being forced upon them.
“[Olvera Street] gives a real sense of knowing the Hispanic heritage,” Loera said. “Books and movies can only do so much for the students.”
Sophomore Savannah Moore said her experience was fun and memorable, as well as an educational event about her heritage.
“I was really fun and we saw museums and ate a lot of food,” said Moore. “[Olvera Street] really shows you where you come from.”
Like Moore, sophomore DeAnna Rodriguez thoroughly enjoyed the trip with her friends and learned a lot from the event, and even reminisced on her old childhood memories from the time she spent at Olvera Street.
“I learned a lot about the Latin culture,” said Rodriguez. “My favorite part was seeing some of the toys when I was little, and seeing the street performers and singing along with them.”
Loera hopes to plan a field trip for her students next year in order to provide them with the same outlook on their classroom curriculum.
“I hope I will be able to do this with Spanish II class next year for Dia de los Muertos,” said Loera. “It really was a great experience for the students.”
Aside from the educational apsects of the Olvera Street field trip, SDHS students also enjoyed fun times with friends.
“I was a really fun time and I hope the Spanish class will be able to do it again next year,” said Moore.